On workers’ strike and foreign investments

The BPO Industry Employees Network expresses alarm over the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte blaming workers strikes for factory closures and lack of foreign investments.

BpoworkersonstrikeTo single out workers’ strikes as a factor that dissuades foreign investment is both lame and untrue. Even economic think tanks would be more than willing to link low FDI flows to the Philippines to high electricity cost, poor infrastructure, low productivity and government corruption than to workers’ militant actions. Interestingly, all of these poor governance indicators persist under the Duterte administration.

To blame workers’ strikes for factory closures and lack of industries is dangerous for workers. Coming from the President, such pronouncement effectively undermines the exercise of our constitutional right to strike and self-organization. Continue reading “On workers’ strike and foreign investments”

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Impending first strike in BPO industry proves the plight of BPO workers

The BPO Industry Employees Network joined the announcement in a press conference last September 10, the impending strike of 1,500 strong union members of Unified Employees of Alorica (UEA) call center agents in West Contact Services, Inc., an Alorica Company. The group said that upcoming strike is a testament to the plight of BPO workers.

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Union of workers in Alorica holds press conference Sept 10 announcing the upcoming strike.

“Particularly in Alorica-West, workers have become victims of illegal dismissals, systematic attrition through company policies and other labor standard violations. But this also happens in many other BPO companies. The impending strike in Alorica proves how bad the situation is, but it also proves that BPO workers will not remain mum but will act to change the situation themselves,” Rico Hababag BIEN Secretary General noted. Continue reading “Impending first strike in BPO industry proves the plight of BPO workers”

BIEN condemns dismissal of union secgen in Alorica

The BPO Industry Employees Network (BIEN) condemned the relentless union busting measures done by the Alorica and West management against the Unified Employees of Alorica.

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Jean speaks to media after an indignation protest yesterday following her termination.

Yesterday, September 11 at around 830AM, Alorica and West management terminated Jean Azaña, the secretary-general of Unified Employees of Alorica despite the union’s notice of strike filed last September 7 on grounds of union busting and union harassment.

“With this recent move to terminate UEA’s secretary general, the management of Alorica only proved that they are a certified union buster. And this gives more reason for Alorica workers’ to hold a strike,” Rico Hababag, Secretary General of BIEN said.

Jean Azana explained that Alorica’s unjust labor practices and union busting scheme are clearly the reasons for her termination. “I have been terminated by company due to violation of 8 points attendance policy. It is a ruthless policy as my medical certificates on the days I have been absent were not recognized. Worse, the company deprived me of due process by not allowing a workers representative during my case conference,” Azana said. Continue reading “BIEN condemns dismissal of union secgen in Alorica”